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How to watch and what to watch in the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

It’s a Wisconsin-Ohio State matchup in the Big Ten title for the third time in six years. Will the Badgers have enough to make things interesting?

Wisconsin Badgers punter Connor Allen celebrates with the Paul Bunyan Axe Trophy after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten title game is the latest kickoff of Championship Saturday, and most of the college football eyeballs will likely be tuned into this one. The Ohio State Buckeyes likely have their spot in the College Football Playoff locked up, but going for that No. 1 seed may be crucial depending on who the fourth see is. The Buckeyes may need to make a statement to show they are the best team in the sport.

As for the Wisconsin Badgers, they are a win against Illinois away from competing for a Playoff spot. The Illini debacle was followed by a 38-7 blowout loss to Ohio State on the road, eliminating Playoff chances. The Badgers rallied back to win each of their next four games and cruised past Minnesota in the final game to reclaim the axe and return to Indianapolis for a conference-leading sixth time.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

The Big Ten Championship will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET in Indianapolis on Saturday and can be seen on FOX.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Spread: Ohio State (-15.5) vs. Wisconsin
Point Total: 55.5 O/U (-110)
Money line: Buckeyes (-715), Badgers (+480)

- The over has hit in four of the last five Wisconsin games and four of the last six games for Ohio State.

- This is the third time Wisconsin and Ohio State will match up in the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes won 27-21 in 2017 and 59-0 in 2014.

- Ohio State has covered nine times in the past 11 games, while Wisconsin covered twice in its past six.

Pick against the spread

I watch every second of every game as a fan of Wisconsin, and I think this defense is a bit overrated. The Badgers made headlines with early-season shutouts against four bad offenses, but down the stretch Wisconsin allowed nearly 500 yards to Nebraska and 24 points to Purdue with a third string quarterback.

That’s not a recipe for success against Ohio State, which beat the Badgers by 31 in October. The Buckeyes are on a mission this year and won every game by 24 points or more aside from a 28-17 win over Penn State. Nobody has been able to stop Ohio State’s offense in 2019, and that’ll be the same result on Saturday night.

Pick: Ohio State -15.5

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